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On Anniversary of Student Debt Reaching $1T, GOP Still Opposing Reform

Wisconsin Republicans stand united against common sense solutions to the student loan debt crisis that today marks the fourth anniversary of hitting and surpassing the $1 trillion mark.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/25/2016
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Tax Deadline Looms, GOP Misses Chance to Help Student Loan Borrowers

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislature did nothing as the student loan debt crisis worsens, refusing to act on the ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ Act.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/18/2016
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Gender Pay Gap Adds to Student Loan Debt Crisis for Wisconsin Women

On Equal Pay Day it’s important to consider the real, negative economic consequences for women and their families when it takes them on average over four months longer for their annual pay to reach the same level as men.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/12/2016
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker names specialist on student loan crisis

The announcement drew criticism from One Wisconsin Now, a left-leaning advocacy group. Many in the state have called for allowing student loans to be refinanced, like mortgages and car loans.
UPI
03/29/2016
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Scott Walker names student loan debt specialist

One million Wisconsin student loan borrowers want action and Gov. Scott Walker's 'solution' is reassigning a bureaucrat to answer the phone.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/28/2016
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Debt Perception

Based on current projections by One Wisconsin Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on student loan debt, it will take 21 years or so to repay this amount.
Workforce
03/28/2016
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Student Loan Debt Takes National Stage in Wisconsin

Democrats Offering Student Loan Refinancing, Affordability; Republicans Offering Free Student Labor, Trump’s Scam University, Cuts to Higher Education
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One Wisconsin Now
03/26/2016
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Walker’s college affordability bills pass, minus cornerstone provision

Analiese Eicher said she believes Republicans only intended to pass "political talking points." The group has highlighted the issue of student loan debt for several years.
Capital Times
03/17/2016
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$0.0: Total Amount of Help Student Loan Borrowers Will Get From Senate GOP

It would have only taken some common sense to provide real help to student loan borrowers. Apparently that was too much to ask for from Senate Republicans.
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One Wisconsin Now
03/15/2016
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Sheila Harsdorf, Senate GOP Kills Student Loan Refinancing Plan

Gov. Walker and the Republicans have been exposed as phonies on the student loan debt crisis. They’ve made the crisis worse.
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One Wisconsin Now
03/03/2016
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GOP and Dems push for college affordability, with many voters listening

The liberal organization One Wisconsin Now, for example, has researched the economic impacts of student loan debt since 2011.
La Crosse Tribune
02/28/2016
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Scot Ross: Give Gov. Scott Walker an ‘incomplete’ on student debt

Make no mistake, Walker didn't create Wisconsin's student loan debt. But his attacks on higher education, combined with his anemic response to the $19 billion crisis, are much like his own college career: Incomplete.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
02/28/2016
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Research: Student Loan Debt Driving Increased Debt Among Older Americans

Student loan debt is burdening young people who’ve just graduated and threatening the retirements of people who have worked hard their entire lives.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/26/2016
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College affordability package clears Assembly, path unclear in Senate

Republicans are trying to pass off a scheme that denies every single person in with student debt any help lowering their monthly loan payment as a solution to the student loan debt crisis.
Capital Times
02/17/2016
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Assembly passes college affordability bills

One Wisconsin Now released a statement condemning state lawmakers who vote in favor of passing the package, saying the measures do not go far enough to address student loan debt.
Milwaukee Business News
02/17/2016
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GOP Pulls Student Loan Bait and Switch

In the waning days of the final legislative floor period Republicans are trying to pull a bait and switch on nearly one million Wisconsin student loan borrowers.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/16/2016
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Presidential Candidates With College Affordability Plans Come to Wisconsin

When the candidates debate tonight in Wisconsin, they’ll be appearing in the state with the third highest percentage of college graduates with student loan debt.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/11/2016
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Dave Zweifel: Yet again Wisconsin is choking on Gopher dust

As Scot Ross, director of One Wisconsin Now, pointed out, not one student loan borrower in Wisconsin will see their monthly payments reduced by one cent under the Wisconsin governor’s proposal.
Chippewa Herald
02/11/2016
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UW-L professor thinks it’s silly not to let students refinance debt

Scot Ross with the group suggests that some Wisconsin auto plants may have shut down because college loan debt is keeping many people from buying new cars.
WIZM-FM
02/09/2016
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Democratic legislators push for student debt solutions

“I carry with me the stories of hundreds of folks across Wisconsin and how this debt is holding them back from achieving their version of the American Dream,” Analiese Eicher said.
La Crosse Tribune
02/09/2016
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Students, Borrowers Call for Reforms Not Empty Rhetoric

The student loan debt and college affordability crises are real challenges facing Central Wisconsin, and real reform, not election year gimmicks, are needed.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/05/2016
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Democrats to hold student debt listening session

The listening session will include a presentation from One Wisconsin Now on the student loan debt crisis, the impact state budget cuts have had on the University of Wisconsin System and its funding, and the ramifications for higher education affordability for students.
Wausau Daily Herald
02/04/2016
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Scot Ross: Scott Walker gets an ‘incomplete’ on student debt

Make no mistake, Walker didn’t create Wisconsin’s student loan debt. But his attacks on higher education, combined with his anemic response to the $19 billion crisis, are much like his own college career: incomplete.
Capital Times
02/03/2016
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Walker vs. Legislators: Addressing student loan debt crisis

I would describe Walker’s alleged college affordability plan in the same way I would characterize his own personal higher education experience — woefully incomplete.
Badger Herald
02/01/2016
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GOP Ducking for Political Cover While Denying Borrowers Any Real Help

Republicans on the State Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities today voted for bills that will do nothing to reduce skyrocketing student loan debt.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/28/2016
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Study shows Wis. suffered 2nd highest decrease in higher ed in nation

“This is yet another indication of [Gov. Scott] Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature’s misplaced priorities,” he said.
Badger Herald
01/27/2016
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Politifact to Kooyenga: Federal Gov't Doesn’t Refinance Student Loans

Rep. Dale Kooyegna, Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP legislature have ducked, dodged and distorted the truth about the student loan debt crisis in Wisconsin.
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01/27/2016
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Student Debt Rises, Walker & GOP Refusing to Clean Up Their Mess

A newly-released report shows Wisconsin as one of only nine states that have adopted their budget cutting funding for higher education.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/26/2016
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Wisconsin Advocate: Minnesota Took Our Idea On Student Loans

But the student loan debt program coordinator at One Wisconsin Now, Analiese Eicher, says the governor's ideas, like more internships, don't go far enough.
Public News Service
01/26/2016
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Governor ‘Incomplete’ on Student Debt

I would describe Scott Walker’s college affordability scheme the same way I would characterize his own personal higher ed experience — woefully incomplete.
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01/25/2016
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Walker ‘Listening Sessions’ Closed to Public While Student Debt Plan Fails

The Governor has been advertising a 'listening tour' as an opportunity for citizens to share their opinions on issues with him is not open to the general public.
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01/25/2016
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Administrators give nod to Walker college affordability plan

"They are not going to make college more affordable and they are not going to reduce the monthly payment of any of the million people with student loan debt in the state of Wisconsin," Ross said.
Wisconsin Public Radio
01/25/2016
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One Wisconsin Now Demands Real Solutions to Student Loan Debt Crisis

In a press release issued today Rep. Dave Murphy doubled-down on support for Gov. Walker’s woefully incomplete college affordability measures supported by legislative Republicans.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/22/2016
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Walker, GOP Student Debt Scheme Denies Help to Lower Payments

Make no mistake, none of these bills will reduce by one cent the monthly student loan payments of Wisconsin student loan borrowers.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/21/2016
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College Affordability Package draws mixed reactions during public hearing

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, said student loan interest rates are higher than those for any other loans that citizens take out.
Badger Herald
01/21/2016
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College Affordability Package draws mixed reactions during hearing

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, said student loan interest rates are higher than those for any other loans that citizens take out.
Badger Herald
01/21/2016
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College officials say GOP college affordability bills are ‘a good start’

One Wisconsin Now testified against the GOP package, arguing lawmakers should do more than what's being offered.
Capital Times
01/21/2016
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Minnesota unveils a college affordability plan of its own

“It’s common-sense solutions like allowing loans to be refinanced that will help these borrowers, not the excuses and empty political gestures Gov. Walker and the Republican Legislature are offering up,” said Scot Ross.
Capital Times
01/20/2016
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Walker’s Response to Student Loan Debt Crisis ‘Woefully Incomplete’

Gov. Scott Walker has a glaring omission in his plan on student debt – any help lowering the monthly payments for Wisconsin borrowers
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One Wisconsin Now
01/19/2016
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Making higher education affordable

Any plan that doesn’t include this simple, common sense reform is not a serious attempt to help with the student loan debt crisis.
Superior Telegram
01/18/2016
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Minnesota Gets Student Loan Refinancing Program

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, borrowers got a new excuse from Gov. Scott Walker for his continued opposition to common-sense refinancing legislation.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/15/2016
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Walker half-solutions don’t come close to fixing Wis. higher ed crisis he caused

Feeling the heat from One Wisconsin Now, Gov. Scott Walker felt the need this week to try to look like he was do something on the issue of student loans and the costs of higher education.
Daily Kos
01/15/2016
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President Obama’s State of the Union, A Night of Contrast

President Obama and many others get it, responsible hard working Americans shouldn’t be saddled with $1.3 trillion in debt for trying to get an education.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/12/2016
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Walker Refuses to Help Wis. Student Loan Borrowers, Blames Conn.

Gov. Scott Walker continues to oppose a common sense plan that could help student loan borrowers by allowing them to refinance at a lower interest rate.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/12/2016
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Wisconsin rolls out college affordability plan: more grants, tax breaks

Walker "has come up with his most ridiculous excuse to date for his intransigence on the refinancing issue, blaming Connecticut."
UPI
01/12/2016
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Scott Walker announces GOP college affordability initiative

Forgive the debt, or allow students to refinance their loans at lower rates under the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill. The first would cost $19 billion, the other, costs nothing.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
01/11/2016
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Legislators pitch competing student debt bills

Scot Ross, executive director of liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said refinancing student loans is one of the best ways to solve the student loan "crisis."
Appleton Post-Crescent
01/11/2016
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Walker and GOP's Student Debt Plan Denies Real Help to Wisconsin Borrowers

Any plan that doesn’t include simple, common sense student loan refinancing reform is not a serious attempt to help with the student loan debt crisis.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/11/2016
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Scot Ross Discusses Scott Walker’s Bogus Student Debt Plan

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross appeared on the Devil's Advocates radio show to discuss Gov. Scott Walker's bogus student loan debt plan.
Devil's Advocates Radio
01/08/2016
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Gov. Walker: Make ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ Bill Your 2016 Resolution

One Wisconsin Now is asking Gov. Scott Walker to put passage of the student loan reform and refinancing bill at the top of his 2016 New Year’s Resolution list.
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12/30/2015
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Gov. Walker on Student Loan Debt Crisis: ‘Tweeting Instead of Leading’

Walker continues to reject the common sense reforms of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act to help borrowers to refinance student loans at lower interest rates.
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One Wisconsin Now
12/09/2015
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Some Students Eligible For Tuition Settlement, AG Not Part of Suit

Scot Ross of the group One Wisconsin Now said he’s glad the company is being held accountable but he criticized Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Wisconsin Public Radio
11/26/2015
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For-profit college to forgive Wisconsin students’ debt after settlement

Schwartz's statement came hours after One Wisconsin Now criticized Brad Schimel and Scott Walker for not joining several other states in the lawsuit against the company.
Associated Press
11/25/2015
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Schimel Holy Pictures Belie For-Profit College Lawsuit Settlement Indifference

This news comes, despite the “complete indifference” of Gov. Scott Walker and Schimel, who refused to enter Wisconsin into the lawsuit.
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One Wisconsin Now
11/25/2015
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Wisconsin Students Miss Out on $102 million

When it comes to helping students ripped off by a for-profit college chain, Walker was nowhere to be found.
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One Wisconsin Now
11/24/2015
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What Wisconsin can do to solve student loan debt

The Badger Herald and WORT last week hosted a panel discussion on student debt, focused on finding solutions to the ever-growing problem of student debt.
UW Badger Herald
11/19/2015
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Poll Confirms Overwhelming Support for Student Loan Refinancing

Voters overwhelmingly support a specific component of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill plan to allow student loan borrowers the ability to refinance their loans.
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One Wisconsin Now
11/19/2015
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Student Loan Debt: Wisconsin 3rd in Nation

Analiese Eicher of One Wisconsin Now says student loan debt is dragging down the state's economy and it's time for the Legislature to do something about it.
Public News Service
11/16/2015
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Column: Gov. Walker needs to ‘show his work’ on student loan crisis

In light of the ongoing presidential debates, the nation’s 43 million student loan borrowers everywhere can only hope that the remaining candidates have a better grasp on the crisis than Scott Walker does.
Capital Times
11/14/2015
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UW student debt panel: Grassroots activism needed to move needle on debate

The numbers are there for a powerful movement, said One Wisconsin Now, which has been a strong advocate for creation of a new state agency that would refinance student loans.
Capital Times
11/13/2015
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